A very Unorthodox Eastern Orthodox Church At first when you see these two churches together you would think they are totally separate churches but they are not. But it is clear they are very different in style and color. Actually this is just hard to explain, but still enjoy.
My favorite Mosque This mosque is built from a red brick, and green domes. This one really stands out from the others in it’s uniqueness.
Cute little Mosque Sometimes it’s impossible to get the right photo when there are power lines everywhere. Cropping is such a wonderful tool.
My favorite Church in Kazan I pass this church almost every day. It just happens to be on the way downtown. I will be posting more of this church in the future. Love the colors, the domes, the architecture is just beautiful.
Mosque Downtown Kazan Thought it would be fun to show some of the Mosques and Churches of Kazan, It’s amazing how different each one of them are from each other. I don’t know the names of them right now, but as I find them I will update each post, Enjoy.
Musa Jalil Tatar Academic Opera and Ballet Theater The Musa Jalil Tatar Academic Opera and Ballet Theater is a very important and unique monument of Kazan. The theater was first built as a wooden structure in 1803, from this point there where several fires with the first one occurring in 1842, the theater was burnt … More Kazan Opera House
Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral The Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral was built in 1722. It is truly one of the most valuable architectural monuments and one of the most spiritual symbols of Kazan (see an earlier post of my wife and I inside this church). It’s considered one of the most famous churches in … More Saint Peter & Saint Paul Cathedral
The Leaning Suyumbike Tower Suyumbike Tower is one of Kazan‘s most recognized buildings, it is an ancient structure that is shrouded in mystery and intrigue. In one Tatar legend I read about how Ivan IV made a proposal to Suyumbike through his Ambassadors to be his wife. It was because Suyumbike refused, the Russian Tsar became … More The Leaning Suyumbike Tower
This is the birthplace of Organic Chemistry. It also happens to be the second oldest university in Russia. In November of 1804, Emperor Alexander I signed a charter that created the beginnings of Kazan Imperial University. To date more than 70 thousand professionals have walked out of these doors. These scholars and cultural representatives include, … More Kazan Federal University
Of all the place in Kazan this is one of my favorites. It reminds me of an open air mall. There are shops of all different types. One can also find a McDonald’s and KFC on the street. There is a great diversity of styles of architecture lining both sides of the street along with … More Baumana Street, Kazan Russia
The Annunciation Cathedral was first ordered built by Tsar Ivan IV (the Terrible). The building of the wooden church first started on October 4, 1552 and was completed in three days after they started construction. Ivan himself drew the outline of the church where the foundations would be placed, once he completed this he marked … More Annunciation Cathedral, Kazan Ru.
During my adventures through the city I cam upon this gate, the segmenting that it created shouted to me “here I am” catch me. So I did.
Two Babushkas selling their vegetables from their gardens.
I only have fish to sell, but my smart phone tells me what you want is over there.
He sat among the rest of the vendors with his flowers, they where all he had to sell, he sat not with a cup in his hand but with love on a stem. Each passerby would look but none would partake, his eyes deceived him, his sadness was revealed. Is love deserved even when it’s … More Kazan, Russia
So at our Dacha, just outside the door the beautiful little flowers sprung up. I think they are just a weed but even weeds can be beautiful.
Just around the corner and down the street we have an open market. I remember watching movies where people would be walking through an open market and would be dreaming about doing this myself. Well it’s no longer a dream but reality.
This is Horsetail Falls, I walked this one for a while looking for that perfect pose. Then I found her, she was following the shape of the tree.
This open area has been a trading center since the 1400’s, I wanted to catch the churches, there are actually three that can be seen from this picture.
This was one church that I just had to explore, I wanted to find the sweet spot, the right angle, the right light. I hope this was it. What do you think?
This is actually not a church, it’s bell tower. The church itself sits behind it. the street in front of it was become a walking street with an open air mall feel.
This is our Kremlin here in Kazan. There are many faces to this wonderful structure, this photo was captured on Karl Marx Street.
This was a little harder to capture, there where so many tree, but at this point I was able to get a shot that I thought was worthy of the church.
Each church is a little different. This one had it’s little green domes, I do remember trying to determine if this was the best place to capture this shot. What do you think?
Doesn’t look like the Cross is on fire?When I took this picture I didn’t see that the cross looked like this, it’s always interesting what one finds while editing.
Walking around your subject can always be interesting, this shot was from the neighborhood, personally I think we sometimes forget that they are a part of who we are. It doesn’t matter if it’s Russia, the US, or elsewhere they are a part of us.
We wandered all over Suzdal seeing beautiful churches, many of them where magnificently ornate, spires and onion shaped domes, but when we came upon this little church in such a quaint setting I feel in love with it. There is something about a wooden church, would you agree?
This was from the back side of the church in Suzdal, love the colors, the sky, and the angle.
When I first came to Kazan, I was exploring the whole time looking for potential models, buildings, scene, background, I took many pictures but must admit catching my actors unbeknownst was my favorite. So I present to you our “Local Shoemaker/Repairman” doing business.